The relationship between the dentist and the patient is unique and important. Unique in that it is a very intimate relationship with a professional. After all, how often do you allow someone to put their fingers in your mouth? It is a vital relationship because you need to be able to trust that your dentist has your best interests at heart. Oral health is not only about the health of your teeth and gums; it can also affect your overall health. You and your dentist must be a good fit, and there can be varying reasons you may choose to find a new dentist.
You have probably heard of the old saying, “The eyes are the windows to the soul.” In today’s world, with the pandemic and so many people wearing masks, the eyes are more important than ever. People get clues to your emotions by the expression on your face. It can be challenging to “read” a person’s face when a mask covers half of it. Masks cover the mouth and therefore hide one of the facial expressions we’ve come to rely on when determining someone else’s intentions or attitude toward us. The eyes, however, can still communicate a smile’s most important message.
I tell my patients that there are types of food and drink they should avoid. Sugary, acidic, hard, processed, and sticky food or drinks are generally not good for teeth and gums. When you break it down, these food groups are either naturally acidic or feed the bacteria found in plaque.
When parents teach their children to brush and floss on a regular basis, those kids are on their way to healthy teeth. Summer is the perfect time to teach them another habit – healthy snacking. With all the fresh fruit and vegetables available, children learn to substitute healthy snacks for candy and other sugary options.
It is often said that smiling shows confidence and a positive outlook. However, for many people, a smile is not a true representation of how they feel inside. When your smile is guarded due to insecurities related to the shape or appearance of teeth, feelings of low self-worth will soon follow.
You already know that smoking is bad for your health. Smoking is the top cause of lung cancer. It also has an adverse effect on your oral health. That beautiful smile you hope for may be compromised if you are a smoker. And if you believe that vaping is a safe alternative, you may be in for a surprise.
Does taking a breath of the cold air through your mouth makes your teeth hurt? Do cold beverages or food give your teeth a sharp ache? Maybe even foods that are sweet or sour are a problem. If any of these situations apply, you probably have sensitive teeth.
Thanks to improvements in dental care, members of the baby boom generation have a much better chance of keeping their natural teeth than previous generations. Even though, as you age the daily wear and tear on your teeth does take a toll, there is plenty you can do to maintain your healthy smile.
Did you know that men are far more likely than women to neglect their oral health – in some cases, for years? Lots of men don’t brush and floss on a regular basis and avoid dental visits for cleanings and exams. Some of the healthiest and fittest guys are guilty.
Have you ever woke up with a slight irritation or pain in your throat? Well, these could be the telltale signs of a possible infection like flu or strep throat. Before we jump the gun and scavenge for heavy pharmaceutical medicines, we should consider following the age-old prescription of gargling and rinsing the mouth with saltwater.